Spelman College Has Opened Its Doors To Transgender Women

Shout-out to inclusiveness!

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| September 08 2017,

5:57 pm

About a year ago, we reported that Spelman College was considering allowing transgender women to enroll.

Back then, Spelman's President, Mary S. Campbell, assembled a task force to investigate making the change. Well, now the decision is in!

In a recent open letter, Campbell confirmed that Spelman College will accept transgender women from now on.. 

"Spelman College, a Historically Black College whose mission is to serve high-achieving black women, will consider for admission women students including students who consistently live and self-identify as women, regardless of their gender assignment at birth," Campbell wrote.

The new admissions policy will go into effect for students enrolling for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Campbell also outlined what the school's policy will be from here on out on students who transition into men while enrolled in the college. 

"Spelman does not admit male students, including students who self-identify and live consistently as men, regardless of gender assignment at birth. If a woman is admitted and transitions to male while a student at Spelman, the College will permit that student to continue to matriculate at and graduate from Spelman," Campbell added.

While Campbell is fully aware that questions and controversies that may arise from her decision, she says she will make herself available to any student that wants to discuss the decision with her. 

Overall, Campbell's main goal is to uphold Spelman's mission of sisterhood.

"In adopting this admissions policy, Spelman continues its fervent belief in the power of the Spelman Sisterhood. Students who choose Spelman come to our campus prepared to participate in a women’s college that is academically and intellectually rigorous, and affirms its core mission as the education and development of high-achieving black women," she wrote.

YES! True sisterhood includes all definitions of what "sister" means.

We salute you, Spelman! Go, Spelhouse, go!